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Sept. 20, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
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Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-1

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July 19, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-1

"Jordanian inheritance laws apply in the Palestinian territories and are derived directly from the Koran. Although women have legally enforceable inheritance rights, they are entitled to half the share of their male counterparts" (16). Palestine observes Sharia/Islamic law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 19, 2019, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1

""Polygamy is legal for Muslims but rarely practiced; although men may take up to four wives at one time, less than 4 percent exercise this right" (11)
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MURDER-DATA-2

"NGOs reported 28 documented reports of honor killings in 2015 in the West Bank and Gaza but expressed concern about underreporting, based on how PA police documented allegations in the West Bank, and due to lack of information on the situation in Gaza" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Education in PA-controlled areas of the West Bank is compulsory from age six through the ninth grade (approximately 16 years old). Education is available to all West Bank Palestinians without cost through high school. In Gaza primary education is not universal" (106).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"There were some reports unmarried women faced restrictions on their travel out of Gaza" (90). "Hamas authorities did not enforce routine restrictions on internal movement within Gaza, although there were some areas of Gaza to which Hamas prohibited access. Increased pressure to conform to Hamas’s interpretation of Islamic norms generally restricted movement by women" (92).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"There were 16 women in the 132-member PLC, which represented West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem districts" (101).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs reported Palestinian women were frequently unwilling to report cases of violence or abuse to PA or Hamas de facto authorities due to fear of retribution" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"PA law defines the minimum age for marriage as 18; however, Islamic law allows persons as young as 15 years old to marry" (107).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Hamas’s 'morality police' punished women for behavior they deemed inappropriate such as riding motorcycles, smoking cigarettes or water pipes, leaving their hair uncovered, and dressing 'inappropriately' in Western-style or close-fitting clothing such as jeans or T-shirts"(105).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Women in refugee camps in Gaza stated they felt unsafe using public bathing and latrine facilities" (105).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"The law precludes 'family honor' as protection for perpetrators in 'honor killing' crimes, although some NGOs argued the law was not sufficiently enforced" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ERBG-DATA-5, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Women working as domestic workers were vulnerable to forced labor conditions in both the West Bank and Gaza, since the PA and de facto Hamas authorities do not regulate domestic labor within households or in the large informal sector" (115).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1, AFE-PRACTICE-1, ASR-PRACTICE-2

"According to press and NGO reports, in some instances teachers in Hamas-run schools in Gaza sent girls home for not wearing conservative attire, although enforcement was not systematic" (105).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"According to the PA’s Central Bureau of Statistics, domestic violence, especially psychological violence, was common in the West Bank and Gaza" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"PA law (which applies both in the West Bank and in Gaza) relieves rapists who marry their victim of criminal responsibility" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Trials are public, except when the court determines PA security, foreign relations, a party’s or witness’ right to privacy, protection of a victim of a sexual offense, or an 'honor crime' requires privacy" (73). "There were reports that societal norms led to underreporting to the de facto authorities in Gaza of sexual exploitation of children" (107).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"PA law does not explicitly prohibit domestic violence, but assault and battery are crimes" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"PA labor law states that work is the right of every capable citizen; however, it regulates the work of women, preventing them from employment in dangerous occupations" (105).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Men may marry more than one wife" (105).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights abuses under Hamas de facto rule included… widespread and arbitrary enforcement of “morality codes” against women by authorities" (54). "Some PA prisons continued to be crowded and lacked ventilation, heating, cooling, and lighting systems conforming to international standards. Authorities at times held male juveniles with adult male prisoners. Security services used separate detention facilities. Conditions for women were virtually identical to those for men" (62). "Female prisoners and detainees reported harassment and abuse during arrest and in detention by the ISF. According to PCATI there was no investigation into these complaints" (62). "Hamas’s 'morality police' punished women for behavior they deemed inappropriate such as riding...more
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"While the PA Ministry of Health provided treatment and privacy protections for patients with HIV/AIDS, societal discrimination against affected individuals in the West Bank was common. Anecdotal evidence suggested societal discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients was also very common in Gaza" (109)
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Rape is illegal under PA law, but the legal definition does not address spousal rape" (103).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape is illegal under PA law, but the legal definition does not address spousal rape" (103). "The PA considers statutory rape a felony, based on the Jordanian penal code. Punishment for rape of a victim less than age 15 includes a minimum sentence of seven years. In Gaza, under the rule of de facto Hamas authorities, suspects convicted of rape of a victim less than age 14 are eligible for the death penalty" (107)
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"No PA law specifically prohibits trafficking in persons" (108).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"While PA law provides for equality of the sexes, it discriminates against women" (105). "PA laws and regulations do not prohibit discrimination regarding race, language, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, HIV-positive status or other communicable diseases, or social status. While PA laws prohibit discrimination based on gender and disabilities, the PA did not effectively enforce those laws and regulations in the West Bank, nor did Hamas in Gaza" (117).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"No PA law specifically relates to sexual harassment, which was a significant and widespread problem in the West Bank and Gaza" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government did not effectively prosecute allegations of rape and domestic violence" (54). "PA and de facto Hamas authorities did not enforce the law effectively in domestic violence cases in the West Bank and Gaza" (104). "HRW in previous years reported that PA authorities prosecuted few domestic violence cases successfully" (104).
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"On May 7, Israeli border police shot and killed a 16- year-old Palestinian, Fatimah Hjeiji, after she brandished a knife at police officers near the Old City’s Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. B’Tselem and witnesses quoted in media reports said that Hjeiji did not pose a danger given that she stopped several yards away from the officers, who were behind a metal barrier and wearing protective gear. According to Israeli police, Hjeiji had written a letter bidding farewell to her family, indicating she intended to be killed by police" (58).